In honor of Mandela Day, the Nelson Mandela Foundation releases the NFT Collection. Working closely with Auckland-based Glorious Digital, the project honors the life and legacy of the former President of South Africa. There is no official release date yet, but this is a long-term project that will look at Nelson Mandela’s impact on the world through the NFT. Notably, the funds from the project will increase the outreach of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Who is Nelson Mandela?
Nelson Mandela, known as Madiba, is a former president of South Africa, an icon of democracy and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. However, his life was difficult as he endured the brutal, racist and horrifying system of white rule known as apartheid in South Africa.
In an attempt to end apartheid, Mandela served 27 years in prison from 1962 to 1990, mostly on Robben Island. Nelson Mandela’s NFT will focus on all aspects of his life.
In 1990, under increasing global pressure and the threat of massive civil unrest, apartheid began to crumble. Nelson Mandela and other civil rights activists are finally free.
In 1994, Madiba ran for president in the first free and fair general election in South Africa. Previously, only whites had the right to vote. He won, and four years after the end of the brutal apartheid system, South Africa had its first black president.
Nelson Mandela’s NFT will honor his life and legacy
The project team chose July 18 because of its importance. All over the world this date is celebrated as Mandela Day. It was the birthday of the former president. The United Nations officially declared this day in 2009.
Nelson Mandela is no longer alive, he died in 2013. However, its influence on South Africa and the whole world will remain. These NFTs explore the full story of Nelson Mandela and the impact of his life on society.
Nelson Mandela’s NFTs will provide access to historical artifacts
Through a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Glorious Digital will have access to personal documents, photos and more. In fact, the project will last ten years and honor the legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
“Being a trusted archive of Mandela, a legacy and ideas of togetherness, optimism, leadership, equality, freedom and hope, among other things, is an honor and a privilege,” says Tim Harper, chief executive of Glorious Digital.
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